An investigation is underway at the Gallia County Jail in Gallia County, Ohio after two inmates have died within seven days of each other.
According to My Daily Tribune "The first incident occurred on September 14, 2019, when an inmate at the Gallia County Jail was found unresponsive in his cell from a self-inflicted injury. Jail and medical personnel responded immediately to his assistance and as a result, the inmate was transported to Holzer Medical Center where he was later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
On September 16, 2019, David ‘Tommy’ Gibson, age 27 of Patriot, Ohio, passed away from his injuries.
The second incident occurred on September 23, 2019, at approximately 5:30 a.m. when jail personnel were summoned by other inmates to assist Lacey Wolford, age 35 of Bidwell, Ohio, who was suffering from a medical condition. Emergency responders including EMS personnel along with deputies and police officers from the Gallipolis Police Department responded to help the inmate, however, their efforts to save Wolford were unsuccessful."
Both inmates are still listed as active on the county's inmate listing.
Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlinthe Ohi Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) was contacted immediately in both cases and they are investigating the deaths.
The county held an emergency meeting to address the jails current conditions. The 70-year-old facility is located in the basement of the county courthouse and is overcrowded due to the opioid epidemic.
At this time, no information is available on the true cause of death in both cases.